Senators Jim Risch and Mike Crapo followed through with the support Rep. Raul Labrador anticipated for a bill to tap public land for a shooting range north of Riggins.
The Senate bill – the “Idaho County Shooting Range Land Conveyance Act” – bears the same name as the bill Labrador is shepherding through the House. It would convey 31 acres belonging to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Idaho County.
Idaho County submitted an application to the BLM Cottonwood Field Office in June 2011, for a public gun range on the parcel located north of Time Zone Bridge. While shooters have long used that parcel, the BLM is prevented from disposing it because it is in a portion of land that was designated by Congress for potential inclusion in the National Wild and Scenic River Act.
This portion of land is currently under a withdrawal order from the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) that protects the land while awaiting official designation.
Labrador announced the proposal on July 9.